Clean Water – Easy – Part III-A Reduce Waste Water during rain and ALCOSAN alerts

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Clean Water – Easy – Part III – A Reduce Waste Water during rain and ALCOSAN alerts – by Connie Hester

 In our area as little as one-tenth of an inch of rain can cause raw sewage to overflow into our rivers and streams at hundreds of locations in Pittsburgh.

1) We are having a water event any time it is raining, has rained or ALCOSAN has issued a soak alert. Sign up for ALCOSAN soak alerts here.  Remember when the rain stops the runoff flow has not yet peaked. 

2) When we are in the midst of a water event minimize the amount of water that goes down the drain. Avoid the following or use as little water as possible.

  • Doing laundry
  • Taking a shower or bath
  • Washing dishes
  • Emptying your spa or swimming pool
  • Brushing your teeth, washing your face, etc.
  • Cleaning that requires water, the kitchen sink, the bathroom, or any cleaning that requires frequent rinsing of your tool
  • Flushing – use the low flush, if possible.

 3) When we are in the midst of a water event avoid increasing runoff water from your property. Avoid:

  • Watering your lawn
  • Washing your car
  • Hosing down the driveway

 4) The more rain that falls and the faster it falls makes it more important for you to help particularly if your output causes local flooding of homes and businesses.  I’m in Girty’s Run watershed where basement flooding over one foot (less than that is considered normal and not counted) in Millvale continues and is increasing. Anything I send down the drain during a water event may end up in someone’s basement.

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